Seedy Maples Make Maples Look Seedy

Maples in central and southwest Ohio, particularly red maple are producing heavy seed (samara) loads. Excessive seed production can temporarily cause maples to have stunted leaves or no leaves, particularly towards the top of seedy trees. Consequently, the thin canopies coupled with brown samaras can cause homeowners to ask, “What’s wrong with my maple trees?”
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Joe Boggs

Dripping Calico Scale

Overwintered Calico Scale females in S.W. Ohio are “puffing up” and pumping out copious quantities of sticky, sugary, honeydew; the calling card of phloem-sucking insects. This is a type of soft scale” owing to the females covering themselves in a soft shell that can be mashed.
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Joe Boggs

Box Tree Moth (BTM) Update #1

Box tree moth (BTM) caterpillars in southwest Ohio have awakened from their winter slumber meaning Ohio’s BTM hunting season is now open. There is no bag limit. This means it's time to take a close look at boxwoods to find, report, and manage BTM.
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Joe Boggs
Amy Stone

A Perspective on Boxwoods

Boxwoods (Buxus spp.) in Ohio continue to be “in the news” this season as a result of the carry-over of several challenges experienced last season. Those challenges have caused some to question the continued reliance on a long-reliable plant. However, is rejecting boxwoods based on perception or reality?
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Joe Boggs
Francesca Peduto Hand